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Gambler’s Edge.

On Saturday, August 2nd 2014, PIT Rally invites you to experience the excitement of Gambler’s Edge.  Gambler’s Edge is a race starting at the base of the Central City Parkway, over 7 miles, 23 turns, 4 lanes wide and ascending 2,500 feet to end in the beautiful town of Central City! Filled with automotive vendors, entertainment, delicious food, and TONS of cars…what’s not to love?

With speeds capable of reaching in excess of 150mph, you can finally drive your car the way it was meant to be driven.

Back in 2004, the Central City Parkway opened to the public on November 19th.  As part of the opening ceremonies in 2004, 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner, Buddy Lazier, made the trip from I-70 to Central City’s historic downtown in three minutes. We were there. In fact, we know Lazier was a bit “irritated” as he had forgotten to disable the rev limiter and was limited to speeds of 170mph. He felt he could have easily hit 200 mph on the fastest straight-away, but loved the road, the turns and had a fantastic time letting the 1996 Indy 500 Pace Car, the Dodge Viper, be able to stretch its “legs” again.

The Central City Parkway was built to provide direct access to Central City, a historic gold mining town up in the Rocky Mountains, right outside of Denver. Now, Central City hosts family friendly events and is one of the approved gambling towns in Colorado.

Snap from 2004 and the opening to 2014, where brothers, Rick and Ron Douglas – PIT Rally, had driven up the Central City Parkway and thought “What a great place to have a race!” And voila,  PIT Rally was born with the sole intent of hosting the Gambler’s Edge race up the Central City Parkway.

The first practice for Pit Rally’s Gambler’s Edge took place on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Even rain could not stop local racers from running the Parkway. Gambler’s Edge already has racers excited for the race on August 2nd. It should be not only fun for the racers, but a crowd pleaser too! With events scheduled up at Central City, it is an event to cater to the entire family.

A few photos from the Thursday practice.  For more information on photos from practice or race day contact My Life at Speed.

David and Allison Kern, Race Kern
David and Allison Kern, Race Kern
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session David and Allison Kern, Race Kern.
Gambler’s Edge practice session David and Allison Kern, Race Kern.
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session
Gambler's Edge practice session
Gambler’s Edge practice session

Here are a few pics of the opening ceremonies of the Central City Parkway. The Central City Parkway is a four-lane highway in Colorado, running from I-70 near Idaho Springs to the historic mining town and gambling area of Central City. Opened on November 19, 2004, the Parkway provides direct access to Central City. The length of the Parkway is 8.4 miles (13 km), and it can be traveled in about twelve minutes. As part of the opening ceremonies in 2004, 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner, Buddy Lazier, made the trip from I-70 to Central City’s historic downtown in three minutes.

A look from the bottom of the Central City Parkway to the first turn up the road.
A look from the bottom of the Central City Parkway to the first turn up the road. Photo taken November 19, 2004.
Vintage race cars lined up ready to be the next up the Central City Parkway after Indy 500 winner, Buddy Lazier.
Vintage race cars lined up ready to be the next up the Central City Parkway after Indy 500 winner, Buddy Lazier. Photo taken November 19, 2004.
The 1996 Indy 500 Pace Car, the Dodge Viper, which was given to Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier after his win in 1996. Lazier would be the very first person to officially drive the open Central City Parkway.
The 1996 Indy 500 Pace Car, the Dodge Viper, which was given to Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier after his win in 1996. Lazier would be the very first person to officially drive the open Central City Parkway. Photo taken November 19, 2004.
Buddy Lazier hit speeds over 170 mph, but could have gone faster if he would have remembered the rev limiter. Mayor Buddy Schmalz, Central City, accompanied Lazier in the first ride.
Buddy Lazier hit speeds over 170 mph, but could have gone faster if he would have remembered the rev limiter. Mayor Buddy Schmalz, Central City, accompanied Lazier in the first ride. Photo taken November 19, 2004.
A big party was the end result as the local vintage club racers were the next to go up the Parkway.
A big party was the end result as the local vintage club racers were the next to go up the Parkway. Photo taken November 19, 2004.

Early construction photos of the Central City Parkway:

Construction photos of the Central City Parkway.
Construction photos of the Central City Parkway.
Construction photos of the Central City Parkway
Construction photos of the Central City Parkway
Construction photos of the Central City Parkway
Construction photos of the Central City Parkway

 

Written by CNaz

CNaz

My Life at Speed Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Chris Nazarenus, had a chance meeting with key executives at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1998. It would be the "Jerry McGuire" moment that would change her life forever. Although she knew nothing about motorsports at that time, the chance meeting would influence her passion for all things fast, great stories and interesting people. That's what you will find here at My Life at Speed.

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